April 10 – April 11, 2018

This is your chance to meet experts, share work, and contribute to the future of software—together.

Part 1: Explore

Meet people building software in your community and learn about the projects they're working on.

Part 2: At Work

Hear from software business leaders and entrepreneurs on how they’re using GitHub with their teams.

Register for the event that fits your interests—or join us for both!

Part 1

Explore

Explore Speakers

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    Gregor Martynus

    Maintainer

    Octokit

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    Gregor Martynus

    Maintainer

    Octokit

    About

    Gregor is an LA based software engineer and community manager with over 15 years of experience. He is passionate about creating spaces for welcoming tech communities. He is currently managing communities such as Hoodie, Offline First as well as several popular used Open Source projects. He is currently helping GitHub to build out the Octokit developer program https://developer.github.com/v3/libraries. You can find him online as @gr2m on all the things.

    Talk - Octokit – Your GitHub Platform Toolkit

    Explore, 7:40pm

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    Kevin Goslar

    SVP Technology Strategy

    Originate

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    Kevin Goslar

    SVP Technology Strategy

    Originate

    About

    Kevin has been coding for 30 years. He is an avid contributor to open-source software and tech-lead of Git Town. During the day he helps large companies crack hard technology problems.

    Talk - Running an entire company on Github

    At Work, 3:00pm

    Talk - Git branching best practices

    Explore, 8:20pm

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    Evelyn Masso

    Fullstack Web Developer

    Carbon Five

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    Evelyn Masso

    Fullstack Web Developer

    Carbon Five

    About

    Evelyn Masso is a person (all the time), a developer/designer (on weekdays), and a teacher (in the evenings). She also co-organizes the LA chapter of Write/Speak/Code, contributes to p5.js, and writes poetry zines.

    Talk - Ways to Welcome Newcomers to Your Open Source Project

    Explore, 8:00pm

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    Zeke Sikelianos

    Electron Engineer

    GitHub

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    Zeke Sikelianos

    Electron Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Zeke works on the Electron team at GitHub, where he focuses on smoothing out the rough edges of desktop app development, sustainably growing the contributor community, automating away the boring stuff, and generally improving the lives of open source developers.

    Talk - Keeping Open Source Projects Healthy

    Explore, 8:40pm

Part 2

At Work

At Work Speakers

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    Liz McFarland

    Technical Writer

    Johnson Controls

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    Liz McFarland

    Technical Writer

    Johnson Controls

    About

    Liz is a technical writer at Johnson Controls where she writes user guides for access control software and hardware. An East Coast native, she earned her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, playing video games, and hanging out with her cats.

    Talk - GitHub for Documentation

    At Work, 2:00pm

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    Kathy Simpson

    Director, Product

    GitHub

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    Kathy Simpson

    Director, Product

    GitHub

    About

    Kathy Simpson is Director of Product Management at GitHub. She has an engineering background and has always been a maker at heart with a passion for technology. Prior to Github, Kathy worked on the Product Management team at Heroku, and has taken products from early to prototypes to launch day consistently for the past 12 years.

    Talk - Never feel `/home` sick: how GitHub is unlocking mobility for developers

    At Work, 1:40pm

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    Craig Northway

    Director, Engineering

    Qualcomm Technologies Inc

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    Craig Northway

    Director, Engineering

    Qualcomm Technologies Inc

    About

    Craig Northway is a Director Engineering in Corporate Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm, Inc. Craig manages the Qualcomm Open Source Technologies Group, a group formed to improve process, policy and tooling around Open Source software at Qualcomm. Craig is currently a member of the Linux Foundation TODO workgroup. In a previous role Craig represented Canon on the W3C SVG workgroup.

    Talk - Open Source and Standards Collaboration

    At Work, 1:10pm

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    Rafael Ferreira

    Director of Engineering

    New Relic

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    Rafael Ferreira

    Director of Engineering

    New Relic

    About

    Rafael lives in sunny Phoenix where he works for New Relic as a Director of Engineering building tools that help developers build better software. He has built a few successful products over the last 15 years and, in his spare time, likes to speak about technology, humans and startups.

    Talk - Everything you never wanted to know about Cryptojacking

    At Work, 2:40pm

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    Ravi Gadhia

    Enterprise Solutions

    GitHub

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    Ravi Gadhia

    Enterprise Solutions

    GitHub

    About

    Ravi Gadhia is a technologist who began his career as a chip designer and found his way to customer facing roles in the software industry. A graduate of Stanford and Columbia, he has been involved with various start-ups during his 25 year career in tech. His work has taken him to diverse geographies spanning Silicon Valley, the Asia-Pacific region, and now Silicon Beach. His primary areas of expertise are in software development & collaboration tools. Ravi is currently a Senior Solutions Engineer at GitHub. When he's not working, he enjoys continuously training for the next LA marathon and spending time with his two boys.

    Talk - Welcome

    At Work, 1:00pm

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    David Mittman

    Deputy Section Manager

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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    David Mittman

    Deputy Section Manager

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    About

    David Mittman is Deputy Manager for Planning and Execution Systems at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he leads the development of a portfolio of software for planning and monitoring the execution of activities on JPL’s robotic spacecraft. David has developed software and operated space flight missions for over 30 years. As an advocate for the software developer, David is helping to modernize the state of software product development and encourage a culture of collaboration across the Laboratory.

    Talk - InnerSource at JPL: Collaboration around software in a science, technology, engineering and research enterprise

    At Work, 3:20pm

Schedule

Explore

Tue April 10

7:00pm

Doors Open

Doors Open

7:30pm

Welcome

Welcome

7:40pm

Octokit – Your GitHub Platform Toolkit

Gregor Martynus, Octokit

Everything you see on GitHub.com, you can do with GitHub’s APIs – and more. The same way adjust our terminals and code editors to our liking, GitHub allows us to automate recurring processes around collaborating on GitHub. In this talk, I will talk about the JavaScript Octokit, a set of tools for JavaScript and Node developers to easily integrate with and build upon GitHub’s APIs. You will learn how to automate common workflows and how to build custom user interfaces to help with your day-to-day work on GitHub.

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Gregor Martynus

Maintainer

Octokit

Octokit – Your GitHub Platform Toolkit

Everything you see on GitHub.com, you can do with GitHub’s APIs – and more. The same way adjust our terminals and code editors to our liking, GitHub allows us to automate recurring processes around collaborating on GitHub. In this talk, I will talk about the JavaScript Octokit, a set of tools for JavaScript and Node developers to easily integrate with and build upon GitHub’s APIs. You will learn how to automate common workflows and how to build custom user interfaces to help with your day-to-day work on GitHub.

8:00pm

Ways to Welcome Newcomers to Your Open Source Project

Evelyn Masso, Carbon Five

This talk will cover some methods project maintainers and contributors can use to welcome newcomers to open source projects. Aspects like interpersonal interactions, documentation, and the code itself impact newcomers’ ability and desire to become members of open source projects and communities. Throughout the talk I will share some of my experience in the communities around p5.js and Write/Speak/Code LA.

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Evelyn Masso

Fullstack Web Developer

Carbon Five

Ways to Welcome Newcomers to Your Open Source Project

This talk will cover some methods project maintainers and contributors can use to welcome newcomers to open source projects. Aspects like interpersonal interactions, documentation, and the code itself impact newcomers’ ability and desire to become members of open source projects and communities. Throughout the talk I will share some of my experience in the communities around p5.js and Write/Speak/Code LA.

8:20pm

Git branching best practices

Kevin Goslar, Originate

I am the lead developer for Git Town, an open-source high-level CLI for Git that uses the Github API. It fits seamlessly into Github-based workflows, automates typical tasks like creating, updating, and shipping feature branches, and minimizes merge conflicts. It's gaining in popularity, we got 1500 Github stars already!

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Kevin Goslar

SVP Technology Strategy

Originate

Git branching best practices

I am the lead developer for Git Town, an open-source high-level CLI for Git that uses the Github API. It fits seamlessly into Github-based workflows, automates typical tasks like creating, updating, and shipping feature branches, and minimizes merge conflicts. It's gaining in popularity, we got 1500 Github stars already!

8:40pm

Keeping Open Source Projects Healthy

Zeke Sikelianos, GitHub

Electron is a popular open source project with a community of hundreds of maintainers. This talk will cover the practices used by our team to help newcomers feel welcome, the organizational structure we use to give collaborators a sense of ownership, and the automation tools we build to free up humans to work on the fun stuff.

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Zeke Sikelianos

Electron Engineer

GitHub

Keeping Open Source Projects Healthy

Electron is a popular open source project with a community of hundreds of maintainers. This talk will cover the practices used by our team to help newcomers feel welcome, the organizational structure we use to give collaborators a sense of ownership, and the automation tools we build to free up humans to work on the fun stuff.

9:00pm

Networking

Networking

10:00pm

Close

Close

At Work

Wed April 11

12:30pm

Doors Open and Lunch

Doors Open and Lunch

1:00pm

Welcome

Ravi Gadhia, GitHub

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Ravi Gadhia

Enterprise Solutions

GitHub

Welcome

1:10pm

Open Source and Standards Collaboration

Craig Northway, Qualcomm Technologies Inc

Recently there is a significant interest and need for Standards Defining Organizations (SDOs) to also participate in Open Source projects. Both communities need to learn how to work together to advance the pace of innovation and provide more value for the entire ecosystem. SDOs and Standards Engineers need to learn about Open Source community norms and collaboration methods. Open Source projects can standard to benefit from the governance models and long term strategy that SDOs bring to the technology sector. This presentation will discuss the benefits of a collaborative hybrid approach and also provide ideas on how to enable SDOs, Standards Engineers, Open Source Program Offices and Open Source Projects to work together effectively.

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Craig Northway

Director, Engineering

Qualcomm Technologies Inc

Open Source and Standards Collaboration

Recently there is a significant interest and need for Standards Defining Organizations (SDOs) to also participate in Open Source projects. Both communities need to learn how to work together to advance the pace of innovation and provide more value for the entire ecosystem. SDOs and Standards Engineers need to learn about Open Source community norms and collaboration methods. Open Source projects can standard to benefit from the governance models and long term strategy that SDOs bring to the technology sector. This presentation will discuss the benefits of a collaborative hybrid approach and also provide ideas on how to enable SDOs, Standards Engineers, Open Source Program Offices and Open Source Projects to work together effectively.

1:40pm

Never feel `/home` sick: how GitHub is unlocking mobility for developers

Kathy Simpson, GitHub

In this session we will discuss how GitHub is building tools that developers can use to interface with their teams while they are not at their dedicated development machines. We talk about design thinking for mobile applications, GitHub’s product principles for the mobile project and demonstrate how we are helping teams get unblocked, organized and shipping.

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Kathy Simpson

Director, Product

GitHub

Never feel `/home` sick: how GitHub is unlocking mobility for developers

In this session we will discuss how GitHub is building tools that developers can use to interface with their teams while they are not at their dedicated development machines. We talk about design thinking for mobile applications, GitHub’s product principles for the mobile project and demonstrate how we are helping teams get unblocked, organized and shipping.

2:00pm

GitHub for Documentation

Liz McFarland, Johnson Controls

This talk will explain how crucial it is to use version control for technical literature. Using case examples, I’ll explain how the Johnson Controls Simi Valley branch uses GitHub to track documentation, facilitate document reviews, and automate technical publication outputs. I will elaborate on why using GitHub for technical literature has been great for treating documentation as code, for facilitating automation, and freedom of collaboration between multiple technical writers.

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Liz McFarland

Technical Writer

Johnson Controls

GitHub for Documentation

This talk will explain how crucial it is to use version control for technical literature. Using case examples, I’ll explain how the Johnson Controls Simi Valley branch uses GitHub to track documentation, facilitate document reviews, and automate technical publication outputs. I will elaborate on why using GitHub for technical literature has been great for treating documentation as code, for facilitating automation, and freedom of collaboration between multiple technical writers.

2:20pm

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

2:40pm

Everything you never wanted to know about Cryptojacking

Rafael Ferreira, New Relic

Coming Soon

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Rafael Ferreira

Director of Engineering

New Relic

Everything you never wanted to know about Cryptojacking

Coming Soon

3:00pm

Running an entire company on Github

Kevin Goslar, Originate

Running a company is not unlike running a project. We should use the same tools and processes for both. This talk presents how Originate is using Github instead of email for running the company.

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Kevin Goslar

SVP Technology Strategy

Originate

Running an entire company on Github

Running a company is not unlike running a project. We should use the same tools and processes for both. This talk presents how Originate is using Github instead of email for running the company.

3:20pm

InnerSource at JPL: Collaboration around software in a science, technology, engineering and research enterprise

David Mittman, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In 2013, a number of employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believed that the tools that were so successfully supporting the open source community could have significant benefits for our software development community at JPL. Core to this belief was the theory that the JPL software development community was similar to the open source community in the way it operates. This theory has been put into practice in a number of companies, and is known as InnerSource. In this talk, I'll describe why JPL cares about InnerSource, how we're going about championing InnerSource on Lab, and the progress to date.

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David Mittman

Deputy Section Manager

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

InnerSource at JPL: Collaboration around software in a science, technology, engineering and research enterprise

In 2013, a number of employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believed that the tools that were so successfully supporting the open source community could have significant benefits for our software development community at JPL. Core to this belief was the theory that the JPL software development community was similar to the open source community in the way it operates. This theory has been put into practice in a number of companies, and is known as InnerSource. In this talk, I'll describe why JPL cares about InnerSource, how we're going about championing InnerSource on Lab, and the progress to date.

3:40pm

Drinks and Networking

Drinks and Networking

4:45pm

Close

Close

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FAQ

  • Do I need my ID for entry?

    An email confirmation is all you need to check you in.

  • What language will the events be in?

    Constellation Los Angeles presenters will be speaking in English.

  • Will parking be available?

    Valet parking will be available. Please confirm whether you plan to use this service when you register your ticket.

  • Will there be a place for me to store things?

    There is a small storage closet will which be available for coats and luggage. Please note this area will not be locked, so please don’t leave any valuables.

  • Where do I go if I lose something?

    Find a GitHub team member if you lose something while at the event. Email constellation@github.com if you realize you lost something after.

  • Do you provide meals?

    We’ll provide light bites and beverages at Explore, and a light lunch plus afternoon snack will be served at Align.

  • Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

    Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options are always provided at our events. If you have additional dietary needs, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

  • Will non-alcoholic options be available?

    Yes.

  • What if I don’t want my picture taken?

    Please let a GitHub team member know upon check-in. You’ll be provided with a red lanyard to alert our photographer.

  • I have a question which isn't answered here?

    Email it to constellation@github.com